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It's the rise of the short people in sports again!

Updated: May 6, 2011, 12:33 PM ET
By Patrick "5-foot-5" Dorsey

After stealing the show against the Los Angeles Lakers -- by hitting shots and taking hits -- Dallas' J.J. Barea (listed at 6-foot; yeah, right) might be the newest short-guy hero in sports. But he's hardly the only one making waves these days. Move over, Spud Webb and David Eckstein. There's a new crop of small sports heroes who are hot right now:

• Pitching sensation Tim Lincecum (5-11)? Old news (although still great). Now we've got even-shorter reliever Tim Collins (5-7), ...

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